Spotted lanternfly targeted in latest round of Agriculture grants –


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Spotted lanternfly research received a big chunk of the $1.287 million of agriculture industry grants awarded received by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.Penn State will receive$104,236 to investigate the impacts of the insect when feeding on trees, $87,999 to look into the protection of bees from insecticides used on fruit trees to control lanternflies, $60, 291 to research pole traps for lanternflies and $9,906 to determine the economic impact and decision management tools of the insects in vineyards.“Meeting the challenges of feeding a growing population amid rapid changes in climate, technology and animal and plant diseases demands investment in research and development,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.“These investments hold the promise and potential to spur the innovation we need to increase productivity; advance human and animal medicine; and support cleaner water, healthier soil and a safer food supply.”Other grants went to: American Mushroom Institute, Avondale, $42,242, Carbon Sequestration through Spent Mushroom Compost.Baarda Farms, Mt. Bethel, $6,000, Refrigeration to Expand Capacity for Fresh Food Access.Coexist Build, Blandon, $4,500, Developing Marketing Strategy for Agritourism Highlighting Regenerative, Organic Farm Featuring Hemp-based Construction.Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture, Millheim, $91,179, Understanding Keys to Direct Market Success through Collaborative Financial Benchmarking; $87,791, Soil Health and Economic Benchmarks for Conservation and Climate Resiliency; $79,533, Linking Soil Health and Nutrient Density for Improved Specialty Crop Marketing.Penn State University, State College, $130,300, Drug Delivery Systems Using Milk Proteins; $89,044, Assessment of Farmers’ Adoption and Implementation of Conservation Plans: A Case of Pennsylvania; $87,614, Are bee pollinator populations declining in Pennsylvania; $86,862, Re-envisioning Multifunctional Buffers to Improve Water Quality, Profitability and Manage Risk; $42,953, Innovative LIPS Assay to Evaluate Exposure of Livestock to COVID-19; $34,987, Establishing Pennsylvania’s First Digital Pollen Library; $28,800, Establish a Metagenome-based Surveillance System to Determine Prevalence and Distribution of Commercial, Backyard and Wildlife Birds in Pennsylvania; $25,000 – Molecular Serotyping of Avibacterium Paragallinarum Using Next Generation Sequencing; $22,080, Dynamics of the Respiratory Resistome in the Pre- and Postweaning Dairy Calf; $11,870, Improving Molecular Characterization of C. Perfringens and Correlating Strain Type with Histology.Team Ag, Inc., Ephrata, $60,000, Connecting Capital with Pennsylvania Farmers using Regenerative Farming Practices to Draw Down Carbon.Temple University, Philadelphia, $24,455, Detection and Genotyping Method Targeting the Apicomplexa Mitochondrial Genome: Piroplasmida.University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, $25,000, Targeted Next Generation Sequencing Panel for Equine Pathogen Detection; $14,432, Development of Sensitive Method for Analysis of Cannabinoids in Bovine Serum and Hemp Seed Samples; $10,578, Comparison of Different Management Strategies on Quality of Reclaimed Sand Used for Bedding; $10,000, Evaluation of Reproductive Efficiency on Pennsylvania Dairy Farms; $9,348, Novel Implementation of FARM on Dairy Farm: A Pilot Project.Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.
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